Shots fired at a High School in Virginia. Two adults injured; a 14-year old student is in custody.
We'll have the complete story at the top of NEWS 7 at SIX.
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And they call it the Railside Linear Walk... a walkway near the Norfolk Southern tracks downtown... the question is: will the railroad play along?
In sports, the Chicago Bulls return home with another ring and another championship, Rockbridge County names a new girls basketball coach,
and Reaction from a player and the front office on the departure of perhaps the best coach in the ECHL, express coach Frank Anzalone
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Governor Jim Gilmore says the shocking pattern of violence terrorizing our nation's schools must end.
That's in the wake of gunfire tearing through a school in Virginia's capital city-- wounding a teacher and an elderly teaching aid.
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Ellen Qualls is at Richmond's Armstrong High School with the latest.
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(Q: I saw the superintendent say they use metal detectors, do we know if they were in use this morning.)
A Lynchburg man died in a jet- ski crash at Smith Mountain Lake, yesterday.
Authorities say 40- year- old Jon W. Cooper was killed when he collided with another jet skier.
Forty-one- year- old Gloria Purdue was not hurt in the crash at Bernard's Landing.
It was the first time this year someone has died at the lake.
Authorities at the lake say it's typical to see about 50 accidents a year.
About half of those accidents involve jet skis.
This one is still being investigated, but police say no charges are pending.
Alcohol was evidently a factor in another death at Smith Mountain Lake.
A man apparently fell from a dock into the lake and drowned.
A state game warden said alcohol was "definitely involved".
Authorities won't release the victim's identity.
They say he was a Franklin County man, in his forties.
Foul play does not appear to be a factor in the death.
It's a historic and long- anticipated event in downtown Roanoke.
One that city officials hope will bring a lot more visitors to the Valley.
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It's the Railside Linear Walk.
David Johnson is there this evening- - where construction plans for the project were announced this morning.
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(Keith, the plan is to place the linear railwalk next to the Norfolk-Southern train tracks. Officials want to attract m
ore tourists by exhibiting the city's past with the railroad.)
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After breaking ground on the project, city officials spoke briefly about how its four phase construction over the next 15 months.
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((CHARLIE ANDERSON/PROJECT MANAGER; THE FIRST PHASE ESSENTIALLY TAKES OUT THE WALKWAY THAT YOU SEE ON THE SOUTHSIDE OF THIS BLOCK OF NORFOLK AVENUE. WE'LL REPLACE IT WITH A NEW CONCRETE WALK AND NEW DECORATIVE LIGHT FIXTURES THAT ARE COMMON TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.))
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The 1.8 million dollar Walkway has been on the drawing board for the past four years.
When complete, the railwalk will link the city market to the Virginia Museum of Transportation via Warehouse Row.
It will run along Norfolk Avenue between Jefferson and Fifth Streets.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says it's a good way to exhibit the city as a port of commerce.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE CITY MAYOR; THE RAILROAD, OF COURSE, HAS HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE GROWTH AND PROSPERITY OF ROANOKE OVER THE YEARS. SO WE'RE GOING TO DEVELOP THIS WALK WHICH WILL BE A DEVELOPMENT FOCUS BETWEEN HERE AND THE TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM BUT ALSO IT WILL PROVIDE A PLACE FOR US TO DEMONSTRATE THE HERITAGE OF OUR CITY WITH REGARDS TO THE RAILROAD.))
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Funding for the project is being provided, in part, by the federal highway administration, V-Dot and a bond referendum issue approved this past November by city voters.
The Walkway is on track with all but one green light.
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((CHARLIE ANDERSON; WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH THE NORFOLK-SOUTHERN RAILROAD TO WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT TO OBTAIN SOME REAL ESTATE PROPERTY FROM THEM. AT THE SAME TIME ON THE HEELS OF THAT, WE'LL BE WORKING WITH THE PROPERTY OWNERS THAT OWN THE BUILDINGS IN THE WAREHOUSE ROW COMPLEX.))
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(However, Anderson says he does not anticipate any delimmas with those negotiations.)
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Anderson did note that when construction does get underway, there will be partial street closings periodically.
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Nine dogs in Pittsylvania County are dead and authorities are looking for the killer.
And the Bedford County Sheriff's Department is on the move.
We'll tell you when News 7 at six returns.
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Someone poisoned 11-dogs on a Pittsylvania County farm by feeding them antifreeze.
Nine of them died.
Authorities are offering a cash reward-- hoping someone will come forward to tell them why it happened.
Christy Hubley has our story.
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(( Ben Davenport has no idea why someone would want to hurt the dogs he kept in these kennels on his farm.
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((BEN DAVENPORT: IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF NERVE TO HAVE COME IN HERE AND DONE THIS.))
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The kennels on Bannister Bend Farm in Markham are not easily accessible.
Someone would have had to go out he or her way to reach the bird dogs Davenport took along on hunting trips.
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((BEN DAVENPORT: THERE'S NO HOME IN SIGHT OTHER THAN THE HOMES WE HAVE HERE ON THE FARM AND THERE ARE NO NEIGHBORS.))
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One day last month, Davenport noticed the dogs were acting a bit sluggish.
At first, he didn't think much of it.
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((BEN DAVENPORT: IT WAS REAL HOT AT THAT TIME AND WE DIDN'T REALLY SUSPECT THAT THE DOGS WERE SICK UNTIL THE NEXT DAY AND THEN THE DOGS BEGAN TO HAVE LABORED BREATHING.))
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The dogs were rushed to a veterinarian who confirmed they were poisoned-- apparently from ingesting antifreeze.
Davenport believes someone put the antifreeze in their food.. which is kept in these blue bins.
Over the next week, nine of the dogs died-- two survived.
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((BEN DAVENPORT: I DON'T HAVE A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING HOW SOMEBODY COULD THINK OR HOW SOMEBODY WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.))
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The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is offering a 25-hundred dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who poisoned the dogs-- leaving these kennels empty and quiet.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
The male impotence drug Viagra has become the hottest selling drug on the market.
Now it's in the middle of a heated controversy.
Advocates point out that viagra is getting more coverage under health plans than birth control pills.
Most American insurance companies cover prescription drugs, but only about one third of them cover birth control pills.
Planned Parenthood is one organization lobbying congress for change.
((DAVID NOVA/PRESIDENT-PLANNED PARENTHOOD: IN SOME WAYS THERE IS A DOUBLE STANDARED HERE, IF INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE COVERING VIAGRA THAT ENABLE MEN TO HAVE SEX THEY SHOULDN'T REFUSE TO COVER BIRTH CONTROL FOR WOMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES THAT RESULT FROM THAT SEX))
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((DR. GEOFF HARTER/PRESIDENT ROANOKE ACAMEDY OF MEDICINE: WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES SHOULD BE SUPPORTING THE COMPLETE CARE OF ALL OF THEIR PATIENTS.))
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In Virginia, insurance companies are required by law to include contraceptive coverage under at least one health plan.
But insuarnce companies say those plans are not popular with employers, so many Virginians are not getting this coverage.
The stock market fell sharply today, closing down 207 points at 86-hundred-28.
NASDAQ lost 29 points.
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Moving from one house to another can be an aggravating and time-consuming task, but you won't hear any complaints from the Bedford County sheriff's department.
Steve Smallshaw explains why.
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(( When it was first built in the mid- 1960's, the Bedford County sheriff's department had more than enough room to house all ten of its employees.
But the staff has since grown to more than 50 men and women, making for a tight squeeze in recent years.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: THE CRAMPED QUARTERS EXTENDS NOT ONLY TO THE OFFICERS AND THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE DEPARTMENT BUT TO PEOPLE COMING IN WHO ARE VICTIMS, PEOPLE COMING IN TO MAKE COMPLAINTS.))
[OUT Q=to make complaints.]
But no one is complaining about the NEW Bedford County sheriff's office, located just south of the city limits. Besides more space, the seven- million dollar facility offers more parking and easier access.
((THIS IS A WHOLE LOT MORE SECURE FACILITY THAN WHAT WE'VE GOT NOW.))
Gardner and his colleagues spent the morning hauling boxes, file cabinets and computer equipment into their new surroundings.
The basement will house Bedford's new E-911 dispatch center.. coupled with a state- of the- art radio system.
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((BROWN: WE SHOULD HAVE, AND WHAT WE'RE EXPECTING IS BETTER COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF AREAS RIGHT NOW THAT ARE DEAD SPOTS WITH THE CURRENT RADIO SYSTEM AND THAT POSES A PROBLEM AND DANGER TO THE DEPUTIES AND TO THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY.))
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Once the move is complete, the old sheriff's department will be renovated, and turned over to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail system.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Roanoke Express players and management reacts to the loss of coach frank Anzalone, is there a new affiliate insight for the Express? the Circuit City race team cuts itt's circuits,
and the six time world chjampions return home after ending Utah's season in the NBA finals last nightt,
as news 7 sports reported last night, head coach frank Anzalone has resigned from his position here.
Anzalone has taken a new job. Today, in an 11am news conference in Lowell Massachusetts, he was introduced as the new head coach of the American hockey league Lowell Lockmonsters, The New affiliate of the NHL's new york islanders.
The Star City is losing arguably the most succesful part of the Express. In his five seasons, Anzalone lead Roanoke to the playoffs each year, won a Northeast Division title, and won a franchise record 42 games this past season.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Mancuso/Express General Manager; :14]
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One other note, the express has also confirmed the retirement of veteran defenseman michale smith. He has found a job in the professional world and steps down as one of the leagues best defenseman.
Anzalone isn't the only departure, the Express contraxct with the ca;lgary flames ended atbthe end of this past season. But, Sopurces say The islanders and thte AHL Lowell Lockmonsters will become the Express's new affiliate. and with Anzalone on the other side, Roanoke should see production from the high leagues.
The Chicago Bulls won their third straight championship and their sixth this decade.
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The one point win came in Utah last night.
Karl Malone had 31 for the Jazz, but Michael Jordan sank 45, plus the game winner for the Bulls.
And Chicago gets the 87-86 win.
But will this phenomenal Bull team be back together next year?
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The windy city wecomed home it's champions today.
Fans showered the team with affection.
Even though they're use to winning the big one, the victory is still sweet.
Just as the players want to savor the moment, fans say they'll put off thinking about how the team will do WITHOUT Michael Jordan.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly has lost and gained a family member. Rockbridge County high school announced today that Scott Jones is the new girls head basketball coach. The West Virginia is 151 and 61 in his last nine years coaching. He comes from Fort Myers Florida and replaces Susan Brown who has gone back to school to get her masters dgree.
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That's News7 at Six.
Tonight at 11 -- the FCC says in the year 2000, you will be able to buy cable boxes instead of renting them by the month.
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more.
That's right Keith --
No more pesky bills every month for that cable box.
The new boxes will work on any system in the country -- so there's no need to buy another when you move.
But what hidden costs WILL you pay -- and how much money will the local cable company lose?
We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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